The law firm Milbank Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is negotiating to renew its lease at the downtown office building 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza, sources said.
The firm occupies 375,000 square feet on several floors at the property, which is owned by the bank JP Morgan Chase. Rents in the deal were not available by press time. The lease is a change in plans for the company.
Japanese bank Nomura’s decision to move out of the World Financial Center downtown and take 900,000 square feet at Worldwide Plaza in midtown is undoubtedly a blow for the tip of the island’s commercial future. The move will leave a huge vacancy at the Brookfield Properties-owned complex just as 3 million square feet of leases there are ending in 2013. (We saw the move coming in mid-May.)
But it’s more than just the vacancy.
As Wall Street continues to swagger back from the brink, once again enjoying outsized profits and sneering at federal regulators, it means good news for at least one group of New Yorkers: landlords.
As The Journal reports today, no fewer than eight major banks are each looking for at least 500,000 square feet of office space in the city. They are hunting for bargains as much as anything, taking advantage of lower rents while uncertain of their own futures and that of the economy:
Nomura, the most-watched tenant on the market right now, is close to finally signing a 700,000-square-foot deal at George Comfort & Sons’ Worldwide Plaza, numerous sources told The Observer.
In almost any other scenario, we would assume that if five top brokers have all heard such news it must be true, but with so many Read More